It was one of those nights for St. Lawrence University's men's hockey team on Saturday as the Saints dominated play, but ended up on the wrong end of the score as Northeastern and sharpshooter Kevin Roy came from behind for a 6-3 win.
Roy, who came into the game with five goals in four games for the 20th-ranked Huskies, upped his total to seven as Northeastern overcame early St. Lawrence domination with four third period goals for its fifth win in five starts. The Saints, now 3-2, dropped their second straight.
SLU opened the scoring when freshman Drew Smolcynski slid his third of the year between the pad of Northeastern junior goalie Clay Witt and the post at 13:05 of the first period. That was the only shot among 15 that Witt let in in the first period as he held the Huskies in the game with outstanding goaltending.
The Saints made it a 2-0 game 5:04 into the second when sophomore Alex Hagen tipped a shot by Matt Carey and it trickled over the line on a power play, but despite being outshot 27-12 through the first 40 minutes, Northeastern battled back to tie it at 2-2 after two.
Sophomore Ryan Belonger got the comeback started when he redirected the puck into the upper corner off a faceoff in the Saint end at 16:05 and Roy knotted the game 2:04 later when he came down the slot, took a pass from Dalen Hedges and snapped a power play shot past Saint goalie Matt Weninger.
Northeastern took a 3-2 lead 4:43 into the second period when Mike McMurtry scored into a wide open Saint net after the SLU defense turned the puck over deep in its end, but the Saints came back to tie it at 3-3 on a pretty power play passing play which ended up with Matt Carey scoring his second of the season at 7:07.
The Huskies retook the lead at 16:10 when freshman Zach Aston-Reese scored his first collegiate goal on a redirection in front and Roy made it a 5-3 game 48 seconds later when he deflected home Hedges' pass from behind the net. Braden Pimm scored his fifth of the season into the empty net to wrap it up with 53 seconds left.
Witt finished with 39 saves for Northeastern, which was outshot 42-24, but came away with the win. Weninger had 18 stops for the Saints.